The lungi (/luŋɡi/) is a type of sarong that originated in the Indian subcontinent. It is a traditional skirt-like lower garment wrapped around the waist usually below the belly. Apart from India lungis are also worn in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan & Nepal. It is also known as longyi in Singapore, Cambodia, Burma, and Thailand. The lungi is a particularly popular form of casual wear and night wear for men in regions where the heat and humidity of the climate make it unpleasant and uncomfortable to wear closed and tight garments such as trousers.
Depending on local tradition, lungis can be worn by men and/or women (rarely). They are tied or fastened in various ways, and can be used in different cultural activities, ranging from normal daily life to elaborate wedding ceremonies. For daily purposes, a simple “double twist” knot is most popular, where two points in the upper edge of lungi are brought together and twisted around twice, with the ends tucked in at the waist. However, it is also common for wearers to simply tie a double “pretzel knot” from 2 points on the upper border, which produces a more secure knot. The lungi’s length can also be adjusted, for example, by tucking in the lungi at the waist to make it resemble a short skirt. This is mostly used for labourers who have to work for a long time under a hot sun.